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  1. Hello all, Just finished this new tool Airfix Avro Lancaster B.III last night. I did it as ED927, AJ-E, which was lost near Haldern in Germany before hitting its target, no survivors. I quite liked this kit, even though it came with a warped nose on one fuselage half, which was corrected with some hot water. One thing I don't like though, are the wingtip lights and windows on top of the fuselage, Airfix should have done those in clear plastic. Top colours are Humbrol 29 and 163, bottom is a 50/50 mix of Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black and XF-17 Sea Blue. The exhaust streaks were done with pastels. I painted the Upkeep mine in some rusty red color (Revell 83), because from what I've read about it, most were still in their red oxyde primer when they were used. There might be many errors on it, but I don't claim to be an expert on Lancaster, and I mostly just followed the instructions. Thanks for looking, and I hope you like it. Pete
    35 points
  2. Hello folks , this the very nice special hobby kit finished as an Uganda Air Force machine ; they obtained the same from Israel and used them for warfare.
    19 points
  3. Hello everyone , this is the profiback edition of the excellent 190 kit from Eduard - the fit and the details are excellent for the scale . Regards , Basu Roy
    18 points
  4. The Macchi M.C. 72 was an experimental seaplane designed by designer Mario Castoldi and built by the Italian aircraft company Macchi Aeronautica. The M.C. 72 held the world speed record for all aircraft for five years. On 23rd October 1934, while flown by Warrant Officer Francesco Agello the M.C. 72 set an average speed of 709.2 km/h (440.7 mph) which set a world speed record for piston engine-powered seaplanes that still stands. Although designed to win the Schneider Trophy, it never took part due to delays associated with the complexity of the design. This is the Smer kit of that record breaking aircraft MC 72 181 in 1/48 scale, not without challenges but I'm happy with result. Hope you like it, and thanks for all the support from everyone throughout this Group Build. cheers Pat
    18 points
  5. Hi all I have not posted any models since the Photobox fiasco as I have not been able to find a replacement that is easy for a computer novice like me to use. Anyway I hope thses photos come out. All are older kits and brush painted with acrylics.
    17 points
  6. Good morning all. Just wanted to share with you the last kit I've been working with. It's the Airfix Supermarine Spitfier Vc/Seafire IIIc. Just the wings were used, as I mated them to a Mk.I (old tooling) fuselage. Didin't find the inspiration to rescribe the original kit parts (seventies original moulds). The kit was painted with Humbrol enamels, and is still waiting for some weathering on the upper sides, the original pastel chalks and mechanical pencil weathering dissapeared under the two coats of satin varnish. When taking the pics, I've noticed a missing position light.... Best regards from Tenerife..... IMGP0090 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr IMGP0089 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr IMGP0088 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr IMGP0091 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr
    15 points
  7. Chance Vought Kingfisher. FN709 703 Naval Air Squadron FAA, HMS CIlicia Flight. Lindberg kit, brush painted with Xtracrylix and finished with Liquitex matt varnish. Transfers from an Aeromaster FAA part 2 sheet with the serial from a combination of the Airfix serial and some Modeldecal numbers. Out of the box apart from a little detail in the cockpits. Scrubbed up well for an old kit. The canopies are a bit cloudy but otherwise not a bad kit. Here with camouflaged Airfix colleague
    14 points
  8. Here's mine, Revell's 1989 boxing of Monogram's 1957 issue Grumman Hu-16 Albatross finished in US Coastguard markings for S/N 7240. According to the Coastguard Aviation Association, S/n 7240 began it's career on 25th August 1961 based out of San Diego before moving to a number of different bases. She was detatched to NAS Quonset Point for 4 months in 1967 and would have worn the scheme of that time with a hi-vis orange nose. (I went for the later scheme she wore) After 2 years in storage at Davis Monthan in the early 70's, she was overhauled and re-entered service at Cape Cod in July 1972 and then Miami and San Francisco among others. Her last flight was 10th August 1982 out of Cape Cod. The build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Revell 4280 Paints: White from Halfords spray can. All others by Revell Acrylic, brushpainted. Decals: PrintScale Grumman Albatross 72-136 Extras: All rivets sanded off, panel lines rescribed. Basic interior added to cockpit. 20g weight in the nose. Revell_1_72_USCG_Grumman_Albatross (2) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_USCG_Grumman_Albatross (1) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_USCG_Grumman_Albatross (3) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_USCG_Grumman_Albatross (5) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_USCG_Grumman_Albatross (6) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cheers, Dermot
    14 points
  9. IMG_0793 by ravodavo, on Flickr IMG_0794 by ravodavo, on Flickr IMG_0795 by ravodavo, on Flickr IMG_0796 by ravodavo, on Flickr IMG_0797 by ravodavo, on Flickr
    13 points
  10. Chance Vought Kingfisher number 2. Airfix kit straight OOB apart from seat belts and a control column. FN678 of 765 Naval Air Squadron FAA, Sandbanks, Dorset in 1943. Airfix kit brush painted in Temperate Sea Scheme with Xtracrylix and matt varnish coat from Liquitex. Transfers from Aeromaster FAA Part 1 sheet
    13 points
  11. Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina - c1974. Minicraft 1:144 scale. Paints: Humbrol spray cans and Vallejo Model Air; plus Tamiya X-19 Smoke for landing light lenses. Decals: all decals and walkway areas are homemade. WiP: Here
    13 points
  12. This is the new version of the Me262. It is beautifully detailed. The decals are excellent and the fit is precise, but some filler was needed on mine in the usual places, namely the wing-engine mounting joins, and the bottom seam when the fuselage and wing join. The detail is very nice, especially on the bottom. Next to it is the much taller 1960 version.
    12 points
  13. Morning folk's calling her done,acouple of little tweak's here and there and should be in the gallery by tomorrow.
    12 points
  14. Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina - c1950. Minicraft 1:144 scale. Paints: Humbrol spray cans and Vallejo Model Air; plus Tamiya X-19 Smoke for landing light lenses. Decals: kit decals. WiP: Here The DF loop, Yagi antennas, pitot tube and other minor items are scratchbuilt additions; otherwise a straight from the box build.
    12 points
  15. On Tuesday night we had a Build Night at the Aberdeen Modellers Society so I decided to take along one of the Tiger Models Cute Kits. The kit is a snap together kit which offers the promise of a quick build (the term is relative when applied to anything I attempt). It offers options for the more serious modeller with optional instrument consoles for decaling or with lovely detail for painting, obviously I chose the former option (and then chose another option that was to use the supplied stickers instead of the supplied decals, this gets easier and easier!). Here is the kit at 7.50pm And here it is at 9.10pm Folding wings, moveable rudder, prop and wheels, result! (I had to supply my own brrrm, brrrm noises though) You can buy one here for the Princely sum of £10.50 + P&P: https://www.blackmikemodels.co.uk/products/tiger-model-tm0103-cute-us-navy-f4u-4-corsair-fighter Duncan B
    11 points
  16. The well in the main spar contains a small hinged door that gives access to the control cable strainers. Today was a busy day of running around with the kiddos, building flatpack furniture (a bookshelf for Winnie) and assembling a tandem stroller the size of the Mauretania. I also cleaned the bathroom, the kitchen (twice) and tidied up the downstairs, earning points redeemable for a number of exciting prizes. I ALSO crept down into the grotto and got a tiny bit of work done on the kits. On the Bisley, I added the resin gondola for the rear-firing guns mounted ventrally, a thoroughly useless weapons system, fired by the poor bomb-aimer when he wasn't navigating, bombing, or revising the draft of his resignation letter, and capable only of elevation and depression in the vertical plane, meaning the enemy had to very obligingly attack from dead astern and with a narrow alley extending from about 0° to -20°. While the fit of the kit plastic is indifferent at the very best, it must be said the gondola fit perfectly with no fuss. 20180114_002857 by Edward IX, on Flickr I also resprayed interior green where it'd gotten sanded away, and began the work of filling the (prodigious) wing-root gaps: 20180114_002839 by Edward IX, on Flickr Fit of the clear parts remains sub-optimal, as can be seen: 20180114_002946 by Edward IX, on Flickr I'll probably add some filler where I can, but there's only so much a sweet gentle boy like me can do.
    11 points
  17. Another High Planes Models delta, the Mirage twin seater finished as a Dagger B for the retirement of the Delta's from Argentine service using Modelmaker Decals, not my greatest model by any means but here it is. Willy _IMG1416_1 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr _IMG1417_1 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr _IMG1421_1 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr
    10 points
  18. so my first for the year....loved being on holidays. the new Wingsy kits A5M4 Claude,the kit is stunning to build,one of my most enjoyable builds to date..the detail is amazing out of the box and even the PE was nice to use,and the way it goes together just rocks....virtually no putty at all needed. the markings are for a Claude that was on the carrier Hosho in early 1942 and the decals are loverly to use. 26731096_1536834566353918_8321446670349307673_n by paul sabin, on Flickr 26731197_1536834749687233_4675016655737161281_n by paul sabin, on Flickr 26731265_1536834599687248_1050615261352735030_n by paul sabin, on Flickr 26734019_1536834663020575_5157504173254100346_n by paul sabin, on Flickr 26903872_1536834686353906_4298254401418142107_n by paul sabin, on Flickr 26904139_1536834586353916_2667653162014234599_n by paul sabin, on Flickr i couldn't recommend this kit enough...it isnt cheap but it's a brilliant kit to build and looks stunning on the shelf...as well as being an historically significant aircraft being the first metal monoplane fighter to serve on carriers. and with her younger sister 26685921_1536877069683001_2495543203258331101_o by paul sabin, on Flickr if wingsy keep up this quality in their future kits they will do very well.
    10 points
  19. Hi all and here's my first finish of 2018, built for the Flying Boats GB here. This is Revell's 1989 boxing of Monogram's 1957 issue Grumman Hu-16 Albatross finished in US Coastguard markings for S/N 7240. According to the Coastguard Aviation Association, S/n 7240 began it's career on 25th August 1961 based out of San Diego before moving to a number of different bases. She was detatched to NAS Quonset Point for 4 months in 1967 and would have worn the scheme of that time with a hi-vis orange nose. (I went for the later scheme she wore) After 2 years in storage at Davis Monthan in the early 70's, she was overhauled and re-entered service at Cape Cod in July 1972 and then Miami and San Francisco among others. Her last flight was 10th August 1982 out of Cape Cod. The build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Revell 4280 Paints: White from Halfords spray can. All other colours Revell Acrylic, brush painted. Klear, Flory Models Wash, pastels. Decals: PrintScale Grumman Albatross 72-136 Extras: All rivets sanded off, panel lines rescribed. Basic interior added to cockpit. 20g weight in the nose. If you look beyond the simple details like the engines and overscale landing gear, the millions of rivets and lack of any detail on the inside, she's actually quite a nice simple build. My efforts at rescribing were ok and I'm really happy how she turned out in that iconic USCG scheme. Definitely one of those aircraft that's in need of a 1/72 re-tool. Revell_1_72_USCG_Grumman_Albatross (2) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_USCG_Grumman_Albatross (1) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_USCG_Grumman_Albatross (3) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_USCG_Grumman_Albatross (5) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_USCG_Grumman_Albatross (6) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_USCG_Grumman_Albatross (7) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_1_72_USCG_Grumman_Albatross (8) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr And with my Hobby Boss Jayhawk. Revell_1_72_USCG_Grumman_Albatross (9) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Thanks for looking and enjoy your modelling! Cheers, Dermot
    9 points
  20. Here's a quickie as an aside from that Trumpeter 1/16 Panzer IV. The IDF lineup so far, Merkava, Achzarit and Gal Batash. Need bigger display cabinets.
    9 points
  21. Blimey now I know why I buy masking sets! looking at the pictures I need to tidy up some of the masks (especially the ones underneath the nose) but on the whole they look ok. Next up after dinner is to apply some PPP. Cheers all Iain
    9 points
  22. Italeri 1/32 F-104G finished as one from the HAF Overall I enjoyed the build on this kit fit of the kit was good but did require a lot of thinking ahead Decals from Icarus Paint Gunze Aqueous Base from Allwood Products with a Costal Kit printed base glued on
    9 points
  23. Hi guys, during my visits to the UK , I often have the chance, after work, to pop up to RAF Lakenheath to watch some landings and takeoffs.I really like the two shades of grey camouflage of the C version Eagles. The F-15 was never one of my favourite subjects, but when I saw the release of the Decal set by Caracal dedicated to the Eagles based at Lakenheath on Hannants website, I c I bought it straight away! It was a unique opportunity to build a subject I was so familiar with. Here below a few pictures taken at the Heath As I wanted to recreate the atmosphere I lived many times at Lakenheath, I decided to represent a landing aircraft. The model I used was the Academy F-15C/D ,with the addition of some Edward PE parts amd the Caracal Models decals. Here are some pictures of my Eagle.Hope you like it. Any positive or negative comments are welcomed! Thanks Massimo
    8 points
  24. Been doing a fair bit of work on one of these for the past week. Cockpit is as the kit comes. Correcting some of the flaws as I progress with the build like the lack of 6 sets of vents (top and bottom of the intakes and just above the Spey cans), RHAWS (squared off fin cap) too slim on the new kit so replaced with a clone of the Fujimi one and fin probes have been replaced with brass tubing as the kit ones are very flimsy and almost broke off a few times. Made an indentation in the top seat cushion with a 1mm drill to make it look closer to the real thing. Used a razor saw to replicate the intake bleed air ducts. Plenty of aftermarket decals to choose from if I don't want to use the kit decals. Cockpit and seats. Added the post-mod avionics panel. Starting to look a bit like a Phantom now. Replaced the fin caps on the kit fins with a casting of the Fujimi fin cap. Earlier this afternoon. Current state with the canopy on and fin probes replaced.
    8 points
  25. For a good start of a new year i decided to finish this little nice aircraft. Build was straight from a box. Model was easy to assemble only little putty was needed at upper fuselage connection and at intake area. I had some troubles with colors but it turned out well in the end. For weathering i used soft pencil and diluted acyrlic paint. Decals where amazing and i love that art ! Model was brush painted with vallejo and revell acyrlics. Well only bed thing is i lost nose tip during transport and cannopy had some molding seems where it was conected with sprue. Hope you gona like it, any comment and feedback is more then welcome. In the end i am pleased with finished result but there is still alot of things to immprove and learn. Scale modeling has some realy crazy learning curve. Sorry for my bed English and here are photos : First one with nose tip still there : IMG_20180107_210826 by Karlo Miletić, on Flickr IMG_20180114_142106 by Karlo Miletić, on Flickr IMG_20180114_142125 by Karlo Miletić, on Flickr IMG_20180114_142518 by Karlo Miletić, on Flickr I had a bit of fun with fuel tank and only decals that where missing are marking stripes for RB15F, i miss second half of stripe so i turned it to outer side: IMG_20180114_142532 by Karlo Miletić, on Flickr IMG_20180114_142720 by Karlo Miletić, on Flickr IMG_20180114_142634 by Karlo Miletić, on Flickr And last photos is my collection so far, some desert theimed aircraft will be next on my scope : IMG_20180114_142828 by Karlo Miletić, on Flickr
    8 points
  26. Hello. I decided to build these two models after reading several articles about the 1948 Israeli/Egyptian conflict. If you are interested there is one of the shorter articles here. http://www.machal.org.il/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=122&Itemid=176&lang=en The Israeli Spitfire is Revell's 1/48 finished with Revell Aqua silver and decals from Techmod. I found the decals quite difficult to settle, even with copious amounts of Micro Sol/Set. The Egyptian example is the Hasegawa 1/48 bought directly from Japan Plaza. Took a while to arrive but it was the cheapest option. The paint was hand brushed using Hataka's rather nice Blue Line series.
    8 points
  27. Hi all,here are some models I have done and only now have I been able to master another photo site since PB. All are brush painted with acrylics and are to 1/76.
    8 points
  28. Below is my take on the following photo of the Spirit of St Louis. While not the most technically complicated model, I found the challenge being to make a realistic looking toy-sized model of a somewhat toy-like looking full-sized plane. Thanks for looking. CF.
    8 points
  29. Is that the little-known Derwent powered version?
    8 points
  30. Awww thanks Cookie I'm not sure that's an accolade I deserve, but I am trying (very trying, some say). Thanks Stuart - 'have I cast my own figures'? Hell yes (sorry, there has been wine, and port, tonight). I refer you sir to the trials and tribulations in and around this thread and I'll be quite happy to expand the problems (if you're interested) Thanks Tony - yes, Lottie is an Audiologist and has provided interesting (and sometimes useful) additions to my modelling tool kit. The silicon stuff is great. In her world you mix the stuff, jam it people's ears and send it off for 'bespoke' hearing aid moulds. In my world it's painless and quick drying. Time for bed now, more tomorrow, hangover permitting (hic)
    8 points
  31. Hi everyone I’ve been gripped by the modelling doldrums lately. I have zero enthusiasm for either my HK B25 or my FLY Hurricane so rather than half heartedly attempt to build them I’ve packed them up and put them to one side (for now). So what to do in the mean time? I’ve been following, as I’m sure many of you have “From Failure to Failure” a jolly good thread by messers 06/24 and Procopuis and it inspired me to think small. I have several of the Airfix Blenheim’s in the stash and after following the said thread I thought that I’d give mine ago and I’m glad I did coz I’m really enjoying it. I started last night and from the off I’ve decided that its going to be a totally OOB build without any extras or do dads, in fact I’m not even going to get the Eduard masking set for it - I have tape and a knife so I’m sure I can mask it! So far I’ve completed the cockpit tub with the only additions being some masking tape belts and I’ve mated it to the fuselage. To get a better fit than you otherwise would I removed quite a lot of plastic from the rear of the cockpit and I’m quite happy with the results, I still have some gaps to fill but compared to what they could’ve been they should be easy to address. First up a photo of the amount of plastic I removed to try and get a semi decent fit.. The results aren’t too bad.. Excuse the dust I have since removed it (well most of it) I do however have a little work underneath the old girl to fill the gaps - I guess this is a trade off for getting a semi decent fit of the cockpit to the fuselage? But overall she is starting to take shape (it’s only taken me about 6 hours work to get to this stage.. Right I’m off to mask the cockpit. Cheers all Iain
    7 points
  32. The MiG-25, sheerly a flying steel beast of the cold war. Although build with low-tech, however, it is still one of the fastest and highest-flying military aircraft of history. The shape of pitot tube was wrong, so I removed the "branches".(="=??) Enlengthen the nose cone for about 3mm by plastic sheet according to the blueprint. This kit fitted not well as I expected, massive gap between the fuselage and wing, moreover, terrible step on the nose connection as you can see...... Thankfully, it turned out okay, here is the result: By the way, it was my second military model that I purchased, where did the courage come from? Tremendous nozzles, just ask the hind pilots (it is unfinished, sorry about that)! Such a romantic!!! (to me=..=) Thanks for your watching and see you next time!
    7 points
  33. Thanks Johnny - hope you had a good time in Stratford Rob! How are you matey? Great to see you back on the forums Roger thanks very much for the offer of the canopy - very kind of you To be honest I think the kit one will be good enough for me after a bit of extra framing: Looks OK by Ced Bufton, on Flickr The moulded / repaired exhaust has been given a coat of Mr Metal iron: Good enough for the ceiling by Ced Bufton, on Flickr Good enough for the Airfix (which will be high on the ceiling) so it's been put in the Airfix box with the other canopy for later building. There's a nice 'all yellow' Boscombe Down option in the kit too. Assembly and crew painting progressing, despite the hangover: More tomorrow
    7 points
  34. Hello all ... I just finished this earlier today. Its the old AMT Beech staggerwing. It sat unloved for about two years after i started it. So I decided to put it in the KUTA Group build section to finish it off. I couldn't figure out a paint scheme to do it in. I had originally thought when i started two years ago to do it in a military scheme. But this time i wanted civilian. Well lack of the colors pushed me towards this idea. I chose to build the plane as a war weary liason aircraft, bought by a returning veteran. I figured he was trying to start a bush flying service in the territory of Alaska. I opted to scratch build ski’s and modify the kits main door. I thought a cargo plane needed to have the ability to load un-obstructed. Mike was my brother and was a great lover of the outdoors, sadly he passed in 2010. Enough for the back story onto the photo’s. I wanted it have a very rough look to it like the hand painted advertising, and the worn paint. I hope it looks good enough to pass muster. Have a great modeling day wherever you might be. Dennis
    7 points
  35. OK, it's not much, but I got the Lifecolor on over the Mission Models base coat: I'm pretty happy with it, but the lesson is: if you want a good Glossy Sea blue scheme straight out of the tin, just go with Colourcoats.
    7 points
  36. I posted this over in the Gannet bit first by mistook doh I made a few more additions to the foldy bit for the outer wing And since I have finished prepping the Midge for her MOT I can get back in the casting facility so we are going in tomorrow The bucks are ready for some latex action Hopefully get some first offs on Monday I'm not adding pipery until they are cast and ready for the wings
    7 points
  37. I was fortunate to spend some time on a job in Cuneo, Piedmont, North West Italy at the tail end of last year- we shared the apron with some interesting types: Cheers, Troffa
    7 points
  38. QANTAS PB2B-2 Catalina Academy PBY-5A and Red Roo PB2B-2 conversion with Hawkeye decals.
    7 points
  39. For my second build I am going to stay with the artillery and build an Academy 1/35th M7 Priest. I shall be using the T29 track that I discarded from my M12 build as I have found a number of pictures of Priests with this type of track. Stowage will mostly be from the spares box and scratch build. M7 Priest 01 M7 Priest 02 KbTTbllWtfUEPY6DdXXEIkuVITy3T_CA2bq6XdtyJX8
    6 points
  40. New MikroMir/AMP project is to release 1/48th and 1/72nd de Havilland DH.88 Comet kits. 1/48th - ref. 48017 - Havilland DH.88 Comet Source: https://fr-fr.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1750103291734066 3D renders V.P.
    6 points
  41. Hi all first post here first time posting, these are a few models I finished both by bandai i wanted to do some thing a bit different with the tie fighter it was painter with alclads paints The At At was my first attempt at weathering, any feed back is welcome. thanks for looking.
    6 points
  42. Just finished the 1/350 Zveda version of HMS Dreadnought. A little rigging light at the moment. Decided to have a go at placing the ship in a seascape diorama.
    6 points
  43. Just finished my CMR Sea Venom. Nice kit but really needs a skilled modeller to make the best out of it (e.g. Libor did a beauty a while back). I had trouble getting the booms all set up but the only real issue was getting the splitter plates in the intakes ot fit - I think if I did it again, I would use plasticard to replace the etch pieces. The parts are also quite delicate, being fine resin so I am a bit worried handling it (a bit like bone china) The build was inspired by realising this plane was a sister ship of one a friend's dad flew out of Nowra in the late 50's. Cheers Michael
    6 points
  44. Hello all, Yokosuka K5Y2 IJN Type 93 Intermediate Trainer, “aka-tombo” (allied codename, Willow) Takuma Naval Air Group (June 1943–), Takuma, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. Kit: Valom 1/72 Decals: Kit’s plus Arii kit for tail markings Paints: Lifecolor, with some Tamiya and Vallejo Figures: from the RedBox Japanese Army and Navy boxings. There was a bit of scratch-building, but probably not enough! WIP (and intro on the Willow and links to some footage): http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235026015-yokosuka-k5y2-willow-ijn-–-172-valom/ Thanks to all for a fantastic GB! Regards, David
    6 points
  45. Thanks John! It was partly our conversation at Telford that convinced me of the necessity to lay hands upon some serious technical manuals before attempting to restart this build. Nothing like a table of very pukka Canberrras to inspire one forward eh? You are allowed such indulgences because you also say such nice things. Glad to have this back on-line again Ced tbh - there's always that initial anxiety to contend with about having the will to pick a build up again isn't there? You are indeed most welcome along Roger - especially as a Dorset man - just booked a week over in Lyme with the family for the coming summer. I managed to grab a little time on the soft-furnishing department this evening - a kind of 'Grace Bros.' session if you will - finishing off the crew chief's seating in the cockpit and the loadmaster's seat for beside the winch on the cable deck. (Question:crew-chief/loadmaster - are these two separate ranks or an interchangeable job title?) Firstly I wanted to checked how yesterday's work stood up under a coat of primer. How does it look? Like my nan's clothes-airer attached to the radiator in the bathroom, circa 1980! Actually that looks pretty close for this scale (aircraft seat, not nan's rad ) so we can move on... Loadmaster's seat up first then: As the parts manual only gives the core 'J' parts listing and doesn't go into the more specialist fittings for satellite recovery, (somewhere in the Smithsonian there doubtless lurks a declassified mission manual with all this stuff in...) some items such as this still need to be built from photos. You can see Hoagy Carmichael sat in it here, taken as a still from a film: Near as I can make out it's basically backed metal seat with legs and feet, plus a cushion: I still need to square-off the top of the back in order to lose the curve of the original, but a salvaged Spitfire seat considerably thinnned-down with a file and re-profiled comes close enough for something that will eventually sit in shadow two-thirds of the way up inside the fuselage. Sitting in the foreground of the above shot are the cushions for the crew chief's seat: As per the Dornier previously, these are carved from left-over plastic with surface texture produced by vacforming. I stuck them in termporarily with White-Tak just to give you sight of the general arrangement: I seem to be haunted by collapsible seating these days.. Short and sweet but we're moving again. To finish off tonight I'm going to leave you in the capable hands of the visiting Rotary-wing Correspondent AKA Raph (my youngest lad), who's been working away over Christmas with his haul of swag from Telford.... __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The helicopter i'm making is a Luftwaffe me 105c. For the buttons i used some micro rod and for the joystick i used part of the spru and shaped it using a scalpel because the joysticks that came with the set were very inaccurate. the fire extinguisher was made using some more micro rod and for the lever on top I used a shaving of spru. I made the seat straps using tinfoil from a toblerone and glue them on with some tet,the latches were made also with some micro rod. I then connected the other side of the fuselage and smoothed out the seems with some filler.The windows were masked using some Japenese masking tape and I simply just covered the windows and sliced around the edges using a scalpel. Raph and Tony
    6 points
  46. OK, this ought to be the last progress post. I've finished the Willow, including some weathering and oil washes: Second figure glued on: The last touches done on the base, including adding the white glue for the Willow to sit in: Once the Willow is in, and the glue has had a little while to dry, I'll post some images in the gallery. Thanks for looking. Regards, David
    6 points
  47. Feeling a little better today, so chucked some paint on the motors and the exhausts - base coat of satin black on the engines, mix of Revel leather brown, and metalcote steel and gunmetal on the exhausts. Tried to highlight the engines but too soon, so I need to curb my impatience and hope the thinner hasn't ruined the finish. I'm sure it will be recoverable, but we'll have to wait and see. Engines and exhausts by jongwinnett, on Flickr
    6 points
  48. Here my new Model: Mengs`cement-free P-51D Mustang. A nice kit with only minor issues, the bigges one is the canopy in open position wich is not close enought to the fuselage. Add some Eduard PE parts and used the Cartograf decals OOB. Hope you like the result
    6 points
  49. Evening all! I have been working on this over the past week but haven't had much worth taking pics of. The first task completed was attaching the nacelles. they fit really well, with just a small area underneath needing filler - the same on both engines. Easily taken care of, and the seams were filled with a smidgeon of PPP. The intakes on the left side of each engine were opened out with a round jeweler's file and attached, as were the underslung radiators and the front ends. I'm not worried about having props that turn so I glued the mounting pins to the back of the face plates so I can attach the props later. The radiator covers were held in place and the lower part of the covers, which is part of the radiator piece, were filed down to match. They'll be blended in properly later. Control surfaces were added and then all the seams were filled and tidied up. That left me with the part I'd least been looking forward to, finishing the cockpit! I decided to use the PE seatbelts, so those were fitted to the seats and the seats installed. I forgot to add the legs to the folding seat, and I can't get them in now, so it'll have to levitate! After that, the bits that had been knocked off were reattached, and the final pieces, which weren't added previously because i knew I'd knock them off, were added! I also cut some tiny pieces of .020" rod and stuck them to the back of the instrument panels to represent the instruments. Here's how it all looks now. The final job for today was to paint the insides of the canopy panels. There are quite a few bits that attach to the inside and I thought it would look odd to paint the interior colour only on the outside leaving a visual gap between the paint and the added parts. I therefore decided to paint just the large panels on the inside, making sure that I stopped the paint before the actual edge of the window to ensure that it wouldn't be seen through the adjacent windows (I hope that makes sense). When I paint the outside framework, I will first use the interior colour RLM66, then paint over with the exterior colours. That should give the full interior colour framework without any "steps". I also added the large rib which runs across the upper canopy, just forward of the pilot's escape hatch, that is missing in the kit. Unfortunately, the side piece of the canopy is cracked, so I may get held up waiting for a replacement part from Airfix....... So that's where we stand as of this evening. Time for beer! 'night all! Ian
    6 points
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